Because I love garlic so very much, I thought I would research and share some history, benefits, and uses of the pretty white bulbs. Garlic — known to some as the stinking rose — found in many cuisines around the world to add flavor to our foods, but it has also been used as a natural medicinal ingredient for centuries, both in its fresh plant form and as a supplement. Garlic is not a seasoning; it is not even a cousin to salt and pepper. It is a bulb — that is, related to the shallot, onion, leek, and chive — and a pugnacious bulb at that.
Garlic has been used all over the world for thousands of years. Garlic was in use at the beginning of recorded history and found in Egyptian pyramids and ancient Greek temples. According to ancient myth, garlic can be used for medicinal purposes such as getting rid of toothaches, I can vouch that this actually works.
Today, garlic is used for several conditions linked to the blood system and heart, including hardening of the arteries, high cholesterol, heart attack, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. Garlic is also used for the prevention of lung, prostate, breast, stomach, rectal, and colon cancer.
What to look for in fresh garlic, try to find firm, plump bulbs with dry white or purple papery skins. Avoid bulbs with yellowing skin or bulbs that are shriveled. If the bulb feels hollow, light, or has brown spots, or those with green sprouts coming out the end, this is not fresh.
Now that we have our fresh garlic, let’s delve into some great garlic recipes. There are very few recipes we don’t add a bit of garlic, it is frequently a staple in salsas, soups, sautés and roasts. But those aren’t the recipes you’re going to find below. These recipes here put garlic upfront and center, right where it belongs.
Garlic Mojo – Garlic Mojo or Mojo de Ajo is a jar of "liquid gold" that is great to keep on hand for enhancing just about anything. This pungent garlic sauce can be used as a dip for fried plantain chips, to flavor fried or boiled yuca, or as a marinade for pork, chicken and beef. Mix with some pasta or brush it on grilled shrimp. The possibilities are absolutely endless. Get the Recipe >>
Indonesian Garlic Fried Chicken – Indonesian Garlic Fried Chicken is the most delicious – crispy and toffee-brown on the outside, sweet and succulent on the inside – thanks to its unusual pre-frying marinade of garlic and palm vinegar. This fried chicken is completely different than the breaded American version. A flavorful marinade of healthy garlic, turmeric, and lemongrass infuse this dish with fresh tropical flavor. With just a few minutes in hot oil helps to keeps the chicken juicy, finished with a perfect crisp on the outside. Get the Recipe >>
Garlic-Clove Shrimp – Try this wonderful garlic clove shrimp recipe, it is sure to please you guests. Grilled baguette sops up every little bit of flavor. All the best, bold flavors of New Orleans all in one bowl. These super delicious Garlic-Clove Shrimp are easy to prep ahead and so quick to cook. Perfect for serving with a tossed salad or pasta. Get the Recipe >>
Garlic Hunan Beef – Garlic Hunan Beef is a spicy dish with dried Thai chilies, coarsely ground black pepper, ginger, garlic and Chinese wine. Loaded with umami flavor and served with a healthy serving of broccoli.
Use Shaoxing wine in this Hunan beef recipe, which is traditional Chinese wine, fermented from rice. If you have trouble finding it, no problem! A dry sherry will also work with this easy Hunan beef recipe. One of my favorite aspects of making Hunan beef is how easy, simple and quick it is to get it to the table! You can prep ingredients while the beef is marinating. Get the Recipe >>
Garlicky Roasted Broccoli – Garlicky Roasted Broccoli is a quick and easy side dish for an alternate preparation of the family favorite vegetable. Roasted broccoli is quick and easy to prepare using broccoli florets, broccoli stems, garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Learn how to make Garlicky Roasted Broccoli. Get the Recipe >>
Seared Garlic Chicken Pierogi – Flavor-up these classic potato pierogi with seared garlic chicken. These Seared Garlic Chicken Pierogi will make the perfect party platter appetizer. This recipe for Chicken Pierogi is a healthy alternative for meat lovers. They are filled with flavorful lean chicken meat and seasoned with the finest spices. Get the Recipe >>
Garlic-Cilantro Naan Bread – This is a great recipe for an authentic Indian make-at-home naan, a soft Indian flatbread. This flavorful Garlic-infused naan bread, an Indian flatbread, can be made on the stove top is a cast iron skillet and served with a variety of dips and stews. Naan bread is one of my favorite Indian recipes. I've tried several recipes with different methods. I tried and tried until I mastered. Get the Recipe >>
Garlic Onion Cheese Ball – Garlic Onion Cheese Ball recipe will be the talk of your next family gathering or party. Very simple and quick to make! Round, fun and tasty, cheese balls were born to party! They're also one of the easiest cold appetizers to prepare.
Need a quick appetizer for a upcoming party or a special event? Perfect with crackers and meats. Delicious! Can also be made ahead of time. Get the Recipe >>
Garlicky Caesar Salad – Garlicky Caesar Salad is romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with anchovies, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper. Get the Recipe >>